Sara received her Bachelor of Science degree in History and English in 1994 from Evangel University, a private Christian university in Springfield, Missouri. Sara spent four years teaching high school in Rosemount, Minnesota before recording her first album, Past the Wishing, in 1998. Since then, she has released five more albums and appeared on several others. Sara has been nominated for three Dove Awards including "New Artist of the Year" in 2002 and "Special Event Album of the Year 2003" by the Gospel Music Association. She was named one of the best Christian music artists of 2005 and the album, Add to the Beauty, was named "Album of the Year" for 2005 by CCM Magazine.
In 2001, she appeared on World Entertainment's What a Mom album with the song "Generations", and also on World Entertainment's New Music From Our Heart To Yours album.
In 2002, she performed with Randy Stonehill on the song "Take Me Back", performed with Joel Hanson on the title song for the album Traveling Light: Songs From the 23rd Psalm, and performed the song "Child of Love" for the album City on a Hill: It's Christmas Time.
In 2003, she appeared on the City on a Hill: The Gathering album with the song "Come Be Who You Are", and the following year's sequel City on a Hill: The Collection album, with the song "Jesus Went to the Garden".
Groves was recognised by the Alumni Board from Evangel University in 2004, for her significant achievements in the years since graduation.
In September 2005, Sara, her husband Troy, her father-in-law, a neighbour, and a Minneapolis ER doctor delivered a tour bus and trailer load of baby supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Slidell, Louisiana. ()
Sara was chosen as the subject of a film released in August 2006, titled "Sara Groves - Just Showed Up For My Own Life", the first installment of a new reality film series called Nomad: The Show With No Home produced by Fearless Films Inc. Included in this film were video of the Katrina relief effort by Groves in 2005 and a subsequent trip to Rwanda, Africa with Pastor Rick Warren and a group from Saddleback Church to learn about the challenges of reconciliation and economic development 11 years after the mass Rwandan genocide. Bonus features included Sara's live set from the 2006 Jars of Clay Tour, Nomad vignettes for small groups and more.
Sara gave birth to her third child, a girl, on July 13, 2007 and named her Ruby Cate. Sara and her husband, Troy, also have two sons Kirby (born in 2001) and Toby (born in 2003). On October 30, 2007, the first single from the upcoming album "Tell Me What You Know", titled "When the Saints", was featured as a free download from Apple's iTunes Store.Groves released her 5th album with INO Records (7th overall) titled "Tell Me What You Know" on November 6, 2007. "Tell Me What You Know" held the #1 sales spot for Christian music on iTunes for one week and landed at #2 for iTunes album of the year. Groves ended 2007 in the lineup with Andrew Peterson on his Behold the Lamb of God Tour in November and December 2007.
|1998||Past the Wishing|
|2001||Top Contemporary Christian||35|
|2002||All Right Here||Heatseekers||18|
|2004||The Other Side of Something||Top Christian Albums||29|
|2005||Station Wagon: Songs for Parents|
|2005||Add to the Beauty||Top Christian Albums||19|
|2007||Tell Me What You Know|